Breaking: Investigation of Ft. Hood massacre cites failures by FBI, Pentagon


Via an L.A. Times email alert:

The FBI and the Pentagon are responsible for a "string of failures" in the way they attempted to track disgruntled Army Maj. Nidal Hasan in the years before he allegedly opened fire at a crowded Ft. Hood, Texas, deployment center in the worst domestic terror ambush since the attacks of September 2001, two key Senate leaders said today.

In addition, Army supervisors repeatedly referred to Hasan as a "ticking time bomb," and FBI agents and the military knew he had become radicalized under the influence of a violent Islamist extremist. Yet the agents never arrested him, and his military superiors never disciplined or furloughed him out of the Army.

"The Ft. Hood massacre should have been prevented," said Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who along with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) conducted the investigation into the November 2009 shooting on behalf of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. "People in the Department of Defense and the FBI had ample evidence of alleged killer Nidal Hasan's growing sympathies toward violent Islamist extremism in the years before the attack. He was not just a ticking time bomb but a traitor. Thirteen people died needlessly at Ft. Hood."

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